Worth the Wait? What it Takes to Enroll in an Art Adjunct

It used to be that every fourth Monday students would wake up before sunrise, at the early hour of 5 a.m., to make it to Worner before other students and ensure a place in an art adjunct for the following block. Over time, however, students’ competitive natures have risen to the surface, and this lineup now begins to form starting from the late hours of 10:30-11 p.m. the previous Sunday night. In order to ensure and claim their position, students have begun to line their shoes up in front of the Worner desk, and then find a not-so-comfortable place to sleep nearby. Mounds of sleeping bags, couches pulled together to form makeshift mattresses, and sometimes just the old carpeted floor of Worner house sleeping bodies of dedicated Colorado College students until 8 a.m. on fourth Monday.

Cartoon by Caroline Li

Although it probably goes without saying, art adjuncts at CC are loved by students, and they will venture to extremes to ensure a spot in things like jewelry making, spoon molding, ceramics, and weaving. Ceramics, however, has always seemed to prove most desired. “Its kind of a mixed blessing, you know,” said Greg Marshall, the ceramics instructor at CC. Marshall has been working in the ceramics studio at CC for 17 years now, and has witnessed the development of the signup process. “It’s great that so many students do want to try and get down here, I just think that says a lot for the program…how important it is to the students,” he said. “I wish we could accommodate more, but just don’t know how at this point in time.” Like many other facilities on campus, the ceramics studio is one that just doesn’t have space to match the interest, or needs of students. “We’re pretty much maxed out in terms of storage for pots, storage for glazed pots, umm…we’ve got about 45 students that use the studio every block, and I don’t think we could add more students without really maxing out the space,” Marshall said. It seems as though the exclusivity of the ceramics adjunct is one that cannot be changed, although this then presents the ultimate question of “how much do you care?” and how far will CC students be willing to go in order to ensure a spot in the adjunct?

Thus, the existence of the shoe lineup. Waking up at 5 a.m. was not enough. “Some students got this idea of, well I’ll get over there at 11 at night and put my shoes in place and go back to my dorm, get a nice night’s sleep, and come back all fresh at 7 in the morning… look there’s my shoes, I’m number 3!” Marshall said. He has been observing the evolution of this sign-up process over the years, but cannot find a better solution. “You know, it’s pretty interesting, it’s kind of comical,” he said. The problem continued, however, as students became aggravated by other students who weren’t actually spending the night waiting it out in Worner. “We made another policy that you have to be attached to your shoes somehow…so then students came up with, well lets just tie a string from your shoes, and you’re connected to your shoes by a string,” Marshall said. This is where we’re at now, and it seems to be working well: a fair test of students’ levels of care and interest, and one in which there is no choice but to wait it out, “So we provide a roll of string,” Marshall laughed.

However, fourth Mondays are sometimes too much for the students that are genuinely interested and passionate about pottery. “The rest of fourth week is like getting continuously slapped in the face with bricks. Then you have an exam,” said sophomore Stuart Webb, an avid potter at CC. Consequently, there has been discussion about having a lottery system, although Marshall said, “students are very much opposed to that because they consider that to be just pure chance…whereas students that know that if they go and camp out in the Worner center at 11 at night and are there when it opens in the morning, then they have a pretty good chance of getting in, if they get there early enough.” Students have also raised the idea of an application process, “which I have a lot of reservations about,” said Nora, a student instructor in the studio, “especially for people who haven’t done a lot of it, their arguments aren’t going to be quite as convincing as people who’ve been down here.” Other students have suggested allowing seniors priority, but senior Libby Johnson said, “I’m a senior, and I don’t like that idea.”

Chase Brown, a local to the CC ceramics studio, said, “I think requiring people to stay in line is beneficial because it truly shows who is the most dedicated. The people who stand in line are the ones that really, really, really want to be there.” Despite the terribly tired Monday that many experience after the lineup, and the reality that many students line up and still don’t make it into the adjunct of their choice, this process seems aligned with an overall spirit of CC: Show how much you care!

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